Our Plan

Issue 04

Standing up to Union Thuggery

The Coalition Government is tackling union lawlessness and thuggery and taking action to make union bosses more transparent and accountable.

TACKLING CFMEU THUGGERY

We have reformed the building industry – including restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission – which will protect 1.1 million construction workers and 350,000 small businesses from CFMEU thuggery.

This will address the high rate of industrial disputes in construction (around five times the average of all industries), which is estimated to add around 30 per cent to the costs of schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

MORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We have introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission. This protects 2 million workers belonging to a union or employer group, by requiring these groups to be as transparent and accountable as companies. This regulator will shine a light and take action against rorts and rip-offs that have undermined the confidence of honest workers.

BANNING SECRET PAYMENTS

We recently passed legislation to stop secret and corrupt payments between employers and unions. In recent years, evidence has emerged of a raft of dodgy payments - some involving payments by employers to the AWU when Mr Shorten was involved.

PROTECTING OWNER-OPERATOR TRUCKIES

The Coalition Government took action to protect 35,000 owner operator truck drivers by abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, established by Bill Shorten, which was threatening to drive them out of business.

PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

We also protected 60,000 Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover.

LABOR – BEHOLDEN TO UNION BOSSES

In each of these cases, Bill Shorten put the interests of union bosses ahead of everyday Australians and our economy.

Since Bill Shorten became leader, unions have donated nearly $25 million to Labor. Mr Shorten is allowing law-breaking unions to determine his agenda.

The CFMEU and the new ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, have made it clear they don’t want to comply with the law.

Under Labor, union law breakers will become law makers. They will demand: the power to strike at any time and for any reason; more power to run businesses and inspect their books; and more deals to entrench their money flow and power.

By contrast, the Coalition has made a clear statement. We will stand up to union lawlessness and thuggery. We will stand up for small businesses, taxpayers and our economy.

Information current as at December 2017